Samson Young
‘Possible Music #1’
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

For the One Hand Clapping group exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Samson Young presented a new commission supported by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation and curated by Xiaoyu Weng and Hou Hanru. For the installation, Possible Music #1, MetaObjects facilitated the 3D printing production on the large scale wall-mounted sculptures. The works were printed on a large format Builder Extreme 2000 FDM printer. The works were modelled and printed in multiple parts with appropriate fixtures for hanging on the walls. The artist applied pastel colouring by hand to the printed pieces. The installation includes sound, video and sculpture and features contribution from NESS and Shane Aspegren. The exhibition features new works by Chinese artists including Cao Fei, Wong Ping, Lin Yilin, and Duan Jianyu, and was on display from 4 May until 21 October 2018.

About the artist

Samson Young is an artist and composer based in Hong Kong. Young's diverse practice draws from the avant-garde compositional traditions of aleatoric music, musique concrète, and graphic notation. Behind each project is an extensive process of research, involving a mapping of the process through a series of ‘sound sketches’ and audio recordings. His drawing, radio broadcast, performance and composition touch upon the recurring topics of conflict, war, and political frontiers.

Young was the inaugural winner of the BMW Art Journey Award at the Art Basel Hong Kong 2015. His recent solo projects include Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan (2015); Team Gallery, New York (2015); Para Site, Hong Kong (2016); Experimenter, India (2016); and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany (2016).

As a practising musician, Young is the member of multiple bands and has collaborated with ensembles and orchestras worldwide. He has participated in international music and performing art festivals including Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt; Fusebox Festival, Austin; New York Electronic Art Festival, New York; Tonlagen Festival, Dresden; Transart Festival, Bolzano; and MONA FOMA Festival of Music and Art.